Explore Savannah's Rich Black History Tours and Monuments


Welcome to a captivating exploration of African American history in Savannah and Tybee Island. As we observe our history, we invite you to delve into the rich tapestry of African American heritage that has shaped these communities. From guided tours that unveil hidden stories and landmarks to museums and monuments that honor the struggles and triumphs of the past, there is a wealth of knowledge and inspiration to be discovered. 

Join us as we embark on a journey through time, uncovering the contributions, resilience, and cultural significance of our African American community. 

1. The Freedom Trail Tour

Explore the rich history of African Americans in Savannah through this guided tour that underscores significant landmarks and stories of the civil rights movement.

2. Ralph Mark Gilbert Civil Rights Museum

Submerge yourself in the struggles and triumphs of the civil rights era at this museum dedicated to preserving the legacy of Dr. Ralph Mark Gilbert, a prominent civil rights leader in Savannah.

3. Owens - Thomas House & Slave Quarters

Step back in time and visit this historic house and enslaved person quarters to gain insight into the lives of enslaved Africans and their contributions to Savannah's history.

4. Footprints of Savannah Walking Tours

Embark on a guided walking tour that uncovers the hidden stories and landmarks of Savannah's African American community, shedding light on their impact on the city's development.

5. First African Baptist Church

Discover the oldest African American church in North America, which played a pivotal role in the Underground Railroad and continues to be a symbol of faith and resilience.

6. Pin Point Heritage Museum

Delve into the unique Gullah-Geechee culture and heritage at this museum, which showcases the history and contributions of the African American community in the Pin Point neighborhood.

7. Savannah African Art Museum

Experience Africa's vibrant and diverse artistry at this museum, featuring a collection of traditional and contemporary African art.

8. 40 Acres and a Mule Tour

Embark on a journey that delves into the aftermath of the Civil War's pledge of "40 acres and a mule" to recently emancipated slaves, analyzing its influence on African American societies.

9. First Bryan Baptist Church

Visit this historic church, founded by formerly enslaved people in 1788, and learn about its role in the abolitionist movement and the fight for civil rights.

10. Wicked Walks:

Join a captivating walking tour that uncovers the darker side of Savannah's history, including stories of African American folklore, legends, and haunted sites.

11. Lillian Grant-Baptiste; Celebrant/Storyteller/Speaker

Engage with Lillian Grant-Baptiste, a celebrated storyteller and speaker, as she shares captivating narratives and celebrates the African American experience

12. Savannah Black History Tours

Discover the fascinating history of Savannah's black community through these guided tours, which showcase important landmarks and narratives of African American culture.

13. Sabreee's Gullah Art Gallery

Explore the vibrant Gullah culture through the artwork and crafts showcased at this gallery, which celebrates the unique traditions and contributions of the Gullah community.

14. African-American Monument

Pay homage to the African American community's contributions to Savannah's history and culture at this monument, which stands as a symbol of resilience and progress.

15. Laurel Grove Cemetery

Visit this historic cemetery, the final resting place of many prominent African Americans, and learn about their legacies and contributions to Savannah.

16. The Weeping Time - Historical Marker

Reflect on the largest recorded slave auction in American history at this historical marker, which commemorates the "Weeping Time" and serves as a reminder of the horrors of slavery.

17. Haitian Monument

Discover the connections between Savannah and Haiti at this monument, which honors the Haitian soldiers who fought alongside American forces during the Siege of Savannah in 1779.

18. Second African Baptist Church

Experience the rich history and spiritual significance of this historic church, which has been a pillar of the African American community since its establishment in 1802.

19. The Tybee Island Black History Trail

Embark on a journey through Tybee Island's rich African American heritage with this trail, highlighting significant landmarks, stories, and contributions of the Black community to the island's history and culture.

Through the stories shared, the landmarks visited and the monuments admired, we can all gain a deeper appreciation for the struggles, achievements and resilience of those who paved the way. It is through understanding and acknowledging this history that we can continue to foster a more inclusive and equitable future.

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